If you live in France, or if you have the dough to travel all the way over there, make it a point to be at the Arc de triomphe du Carrousel near the Louvre on March 28 â€“two days from now! This day is going to go down in the history books as Download Day.
It doesnâ€™t take a rocket scientist to figure out why it is called such. This event has been organized to protest a new law in the country. Obviously, the law is all about NOT downloading illegally. It threatens â€“ and strongly â€“ to â€œcut offâ€ those who are caught downloading media illegally. This law is being put to vote in the National Assembly right now.
The organizers behind Download Day are encouraging people to participate by coming to one of the four locations in France. If you do plan on going, you should bring along:
Rare work such as a hard-to-find film or piece of music â€œthat they want to keep in the public memoryâ€ and other pieces available through a creative commons licence.
The files can be brought on CD, DVD, or usb stick and will be uploaded on to peer-to-peer file exchange sites.
Other cities included in the event are Marseille, Toulouse, and Lyon. For more information, you can also visit the web site and the Twitter link. Everything is in French, however, so you might need a translator to do the work for you.
Last thoughts â€“ this blog is all about LEGAL downloading, true. Still, I cannot overlook such an activity as this. Itâ€™s worth taking note of, right?